By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, yesterday, warned Muslims against the consumption of monkeys and bush meat to avoid contracting the dreaded Ebola virus.
Abubakar noted that since it was first confirmed medically that the disease was discovered in monkeys and fruit bats, it would be reasonable for Muslims to steer clear of such delicacies.
A statement on behalf of the Sultan by the JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar, said, “As confirmed by medical experts, the disease was first discovered in monkeys and contacted by those who eat monkeys and other sources of bush meat. Alas, in Islam eating of monkeys had already been discouraged (Makruh), according to many scholars of Islamic jurisprudence.
“Thus, we should continue to uphold this verdict as it also serves as a preventative measure.”
The Sultan urged Muslims to abide by all health tips for the prevention of the disease seriously, noting that the culture of personal hygiene as well as proper sanitation must always be emphasised.
He said Islam is a religion of cleanliness, adding that as reported in a sound Hadith, “Cleanliness is half of faith.”
“Nigeria has now joined the league of West African nations with the deadly Ebola outbreak. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia were reported as taking the lead,” the statement said.
Nigeria has so far reported that ten persons have been diagnosed of the deadly virus while two have been confirmed dead.
Many other Nigerians, who had initial contacts with the dead are being quarantined while many others are being given treatment by the government.